About the Match
Leicestershire occupy the 4th position with 2 points from 2 matches and will go up against Durham, who have 4 points from 2 matches and at the top of the table, on 28th May at Leicester. Leicestershire bounced back in the second match after a loss in the first one and are looking forward to register some more wins. Durham on the other hand, won both their opening matches and will be eager to continue with their winning strategy till the end. The match on Thursday is expected to be very interesting and the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders will definitely triumph.
Leicestershire defeated Derbyshire by 7 wickets with 6 balls to spare in their last match as the batsmen chased down the modest total of 164 runs; Niall O'Brien blasted an unbeaten 47 off 27 while Eckersley scored 39 off 34 and Kevin O'Brien scored 31off 27. On the bowling front, Jigar Naik was superb with the ball as he picked up 3-23; Raine, Clint McKay and Kevin O'Brein took a wicket each. They lost their opening match against Lancashire by 5 wickets despite Kevin's superb 47 off 24 wherein they stumbled their way to 131-7. Overall, the Leicestershire's batting line-up has real potential with Niall O'Brein, Kevin O'Brein and Eckersley doing well in the previous matches; Augus Robson performed superbly last season, passing 1000 runs in championship cricket. On the bowling front, Jigar Naik is in good form while rest of the bowlers like Atif Shaikh, Ben Raine, Clint McKay, Kevin O'Brein and Rob Taylor are pitching in with good efforts. They have the talent and necessary fire-power to overcome any situation and win the upcoming match.
Durham won their last match against a formidable side, Lancashire by 16 runs after setting a target of 156 runs. Captain Mark Stoneman's 57 off 38 helped them reach 105 in the 12th over losing only 2 wickets while Collingwood shared 52 for the third wicket with Stoneman, added 30 runs while Muchall contributed with 21 off 23. On the bowling front, John Hastings and Usman Arshad finished with two wickets each and also caused two run-outs to hand Durham a second successive victory. The team got their summer campaign off to a winning start last week when they beat Northamptonshire in a rain-affected contest by 41 runs; a half century by Phil Mustard and a thrilling 60 from Calum MacLeod helped them post 174-8. Overall, the team has explosive batsmen with the likes of Mark Stoneman, Paul Collingwood and Gordon Muchall while Phil Mustard and Calum Macleod can be dangerous with the bat. Their bowling revolves around Ryan Pringle, Chris Rushworth, John Hastings, Usman Arshad and Keaton Jennings who are capable of taking wickets at regular intervals. They have the capacity and confidence to win more matches and keep their winning momentum going.
It will be a tough fight between Leicestershire and Durham as both teams have their own strength capabilities; however, Durham is better placed to win the match because they are top ranked at the moment and higher on confidence added to the very important momentum to give a stiff competition to Leicestershire.